JAPAN and Pakistan have offered to purchase Myanmar macadamia seeds. However, there is concern that low supply will not meet foreign demand and so exports are currently on hold, it has been learned.
Macadamia seeds are cultivated mostly in Northern Shan State on a commercial scale because the produce is marketable in both the local and international market allowing growers to reap handsome profits.
Macadamia is also grown in Chin and Kachin states. “Macadamia nuts has gained the interest of Japan and Pakistan”, said a responsible person of Macadamia Association. “Macadamia seeds are used in chocolate, cosmetics and other foodstuff. They are not confirmed for export yet because there is a mismatch between supply and demand. They (farmers and merchants) are afraid that profits will decline”, he added.
The macadamia tree is perennial with around one thousand acres of macadamia trees in Myanmar currently. Macadamia nuts are transported to shopping malls in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. Macadamia seeds are expected to widely penetrate the market.